Wales and Northern Ireland

Regional Network Coordinator

Faith Simiyu (Wales) – Faith is a Commonwealth Scholar from Kenya, currently completing a PhD Law at Cardiff University. She previously completed an LLM Commercial Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands and a Bachelors of Law and a Bachelors of Education respectively at the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University. Faith is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a co-founder and Partner in the firm of Simiyu, Opondo, Kiranga and Company Advocates where she has offered legal advice in litigation and consultancies. She also previously served as the Chairperson and Lecturer of the Private Law Department at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology where she was part of the team that pioneered, spearheaded and subsequently launched the JKUAT Law Journal, the JKUAT Law Student Newsletter and JKUAT Law student Annual Mentorship Forum. In her spare time she likes photography, swimming and playing guitar. She is also a budding inspirational speaker and creates weekly inspirational videos during her spare time.   Monira Begum (Northern Ireland) – Monira is a Commonwealth Scholar from Bangladesh, currently completing a PhD Molecular Biology at Queens University, Belfast. She previously completed a BSc and MSc Soil, Water & Environment from the University of Dhaka. She is a Lecturer in the department of Soil and Environmental Science at the University of Dhaka. Monira previously worked as a Lecturer in the department of Soil and Environmental Science at the University of Barisal and as a Research Associate in the Bangladesh-Australia Centre for Environmental Research. Her main research interest is related to soil arsenic contamination and its transfer into the food chain and she is also interested in heavy metal contamination of environment and their bioaccumulation in the soil-plant system. Monira has published nine research articles in a number of journals. In her PhD she is looking for specific genes of fungi and bacteria that might be responsible for the arsenic transformation and its methylation in rice plant and soil.

Your network

Join the Wales and Northern Ireland Regional Network Facebook group to find out about upcoming events, and to get in touch with Faith, Monira and other network members. Comments or suggestions on any of the proposed events are also welcome. Scholars and Fellows in Northern Ireland are encouraged to organise events, and to connect with other award holders in Wales and Northern Ireland via the Facebook page. If the name used on your Facebook account differs from that on your award documents, please contact with your CSC Scholar reference and your name as it appears on Facebook so that your request to join the group can be authorised. Past events and ideas

  • Welcome Event and Regional Induction;
  • Film Screening and Wine Reception;
  • Continuation of the seminar series on ‘Commemorating the Modern Commonwealth through Research and Cultural Exchange;
  • Involvement in the celebration of the Commonwealth in Wales (an event that is to be organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Wales Branch)
  • Final- year interdisciplinary conference on ‘Removing the Divide: Respecting and Understanding Cultures’

University Representatives

Cardiff University Metji Makgoba – Swansea University Oluwasola Olumayowa Ademulegun – If you would like to volunteer as a representative for your institution, please email the relevant Coordinator for your region.